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falafel recipe | easy falafel balls | how to make chickpea falafel

easy falafel recipe | easy falafel balls | how to make chickpea falafel
Course snacks
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 Servings


  • 1 cup chickpea / kabuli chana
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • fistful coriander leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp pepper crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp maida / plain flour / refined flour / all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • oil for deep frying


  • firstly soak 1 cup of chickpea with enough water for overnight.
  • next day, drain off the water and transfer to a bowl or food processor.
  • also add in ½ onion, fistful coriander leaves, 2 cloves garlic, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp chilli powder, ½ tsp pepper, crushed, 1 tbsp lemon juice and salt to taste.
  • additionally, add in 2 tbsp maida.
  • blend coarsely in a food processor without adding any water.
  • add in baking soda and mix well.
  • now wet your hands and prepare small sized balls. if the dough is sticking to hands then add a tbsp more of maida and mix well.
  • deep fry the balls in hot oil.
  • also stir occasionally, keeping the flame on medium.
  • once the falafel turns golden brown, drain off on to the kitchen paper.
  • finally, serve falafel hot with hummus or sauce of your choice.